When I was young, I admired Malcolm and was disgusted with Martin. But as I got older and was able to gain access to more information regarding MLK, I did come to understand that sometimes the bravest thing a person can do is refrain from violence. I know now that Martin knew that any show of violence would send the wrong message to white America of what Black people were about and wanted. I know now that Martin knew how many Black people would have suffered for every blow of self-defense he gave against the violence perpetuated against him and the protesters. When I was young I thought Martin was just another weak bowed down "negro," now I know better. Both men merely had a different road to travel towards freedom and equality, with both roads ending at the same place.